Home Inspection Process

Why hire a home inspector?

  • Professional Home Inspectors are licensed by the State of Illinois
  • A Home Inspector will educate you about the components of your new home
  • Offer maintenance tips
  • Learn about the major systems throughout the home- where everything is, etc.
  • Find potential problems before they become your responsibility
  • You should expect a written report from the inspector
  • The Home Inspector should be a reference if you have additional questions
  • All homes should be inspected, including new construction and gut rehabs
  • Municipal inspections do NOT identify all issues in new/rehabbed homes

What a home inspection is NOT

  • A code related inspection
  • Invasive- the inspector will not take things apart or look inside walls etc
  • Structure- foundation, water penetration, cracks, basement
  • An opportunity to learn how much everything will cost to update or repair

What does a home inspector inspect?

  • Visual inspection primarily focused on safety and functionality issues
  • Every major system of your home
  • Structure- foundation, water penetration, cracks, basement
  • Exterior- facings,trim windows, gutters, driveways, sidewalks, decks, patios, balconies
  • Roof- covering, structure, flashing, vents
  • Chimneys- chase, lining,caps • Chimneys- chase, lining,caps
  • Electrical- main box, sub-panels, outlets, switches
  • HVAC- heating, A/C
  • Water Heater- tank, drafting
  • Plumbing- visible piping, leaks
  • Attic- rafters, insulation, vents, ventilation
  • Interior- walls, ceilings, floors, windows, appliances

What we offer with every inspection:

90-Day Warranty
90-Day Warranty

You need a professional you can depend on even after the job is done. That's why weback all of our inspections with a 90-day limited structure and mechanical warranty.

Mold Safe
Mold Safe

If you move in to your new home and mold is present that was not found when inspected, you're covered for remediation up to $2000. It’s that simple!  This warranty is included FREE with every pre-purchase home inspection.

Sewer Guard
Sewer Guard

With every pre-purchase home inspection, we provide Sewer Line Protection from SewerGard — the world leader in underground repair coverage. Buy with confidence and worry less knowing that main water line breaks and sewer collapses are covered, up to $4000.

Recall Chek
Recall Chek

Each month, you will receive a new RecallChek report via email with the serial numbers run against the government database for any new recalls. The subscription never expires, and there is never an additional cost to you.  This service is FREE with every pre-purchase inspection ($29.95 value).

Platinum Roof Protection
Platinum Roof Protection

This service contract is for the repair of leaks to your home’s roof for a period of five years following the date of inspection. 

Frequently asked questions by homeowners

A home is the largest purchase most people will ever make. It only makes sense to find out as much as your can about the house you are interested in before you buy. That way you can avoid costly surprise repairs and problems with your new home. Our report will also advise you of what maintenance is required to keep your home in top condition.
A professional inspection will give you a clear picture of the many systems and structural elements that make up the property. If you are selling your home, a listing inspection will point out any potential problems that might be uncovered later by the buyer’s inspector. Finding them early will allow you to address them before listing your home, making for a faster and smoother sale.

No, you aren’t required to be there for the inspection. But we highly recommend that you be present. It’s a valuable learning experience for most people and will help you get the most benefit from the inspection.
By following the inspector you can ask questions directly and the inspector can explain maintenance tips for specific areas. We feel you’ll be able to best understand the finished report and get the most benefit from it by having been there during the inspection. The finished report will be emailed to you, and put on a password protected web location with pictures.

Most Inspections take about three to four hours. These times may vary depending on the size, age & condition of the home.

Absolutely. A professional inspection of a new home is important. We can spot potential problems early, while they are still easy to correct. It’s especially valuable to arrange an inspection before the interior walls are finished.
As building professionals, we may find problem areas where the builder has taken shortcuts or not done good work.

The report will tell you the condition of the house, including needed repairs and expenses. No house is going to be perfect. It is up to you to decide how any problems the inspection uncovers might affect your decision to purchase. If major problems are discovered, you may want to try negotiating with the seller to have them repaired before closing the deal. Or perhaps the seller will lower the price, or offer more favorable contract terms. In the end, the decision rests with you, but knowing about potential problems, before you buy, gives you the power to negotiate and make the best decisions.
All information about an inspection is completely confidential between client and inspector. The inspector will not give out any information except to the client.

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